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Couple put 4-year-old in garbage bag as punishment, cops say

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JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania couple has been charged with duct-taping a 4-year-old girl’s hands and stuffing her in a garbage bag as punishment for soiling herself.

Johnstown police say the girl was then left in the bag in a dark, unheated basement.

Authorities say the punishment happened Nov. 16 and was discovered when the girl was taken to a hospital with liver trauma and other injuries two days later.

Thirty-four-year-old Khristopher Newman and 31-year-old Crystal Jedrzejek are charged with child endangerment, corruption of minors and disorderly conduct. Newman is also charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.

Online court records don’t list attorneys for Newman, who remains jailed, and Jedrzejek, who was freed on $5,000 bond. A home number for Jedrzejek couldn’t be located.

Both face a preliminary hearing Dec. 10.